RAK roads to have more radars and cameras

/Ras Al Khaimah
Filed on November 16, 2015 | Last updated on November 16, 2015 at 07.21 am
RAK roads to have more radars and cameras
One of the sophisticated radars on an RAK road.

(Supplied photo)

The 10 sophisticated radars can also record videos for every violation daily with a 24 hour video recording capacity.

In a bid to curb traffic accidents and violations, mainly speeding of vehicles, Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) Police have decided to install 10 radars and 24 video cameras on various roads of the emirate.

Major-General Ali Abdullah bin Alwan Al Nuaimi, Commander-in-Chief of the RAK Police, said the new gadgets can identify the lane of the erring vehicle, and differentiate between the speed of light and heavy vehicles.

"The 10 sophisticated radars can also record videos for every violation daily with a 24 hour video recording capacity, whereas the 24 video cameras will be controlling a number of major intersections here."

The new radars will be fixed on the Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, Maj-Gen Badr, Mohammed Bin Salem, Khor Khuweir, Al Rams - Daya, Filya., Khat - Airport, Al Nakheel - Shaml roads, he added.

"The digital video cameras are installed on the intersections of Officers Club, Mail, Manar Mall, Al Nakheel-Dubai Islamic Bank, Passports, Nisnas, as well as Shaml-Al Rams."

Maj-Gen Al Nuaimi said the new radars spot speeding in general, and at intersection in particular.

"They can also record red signals jumps, ignoring safety spaces, head shoulder violations, and banned timing or lanes for heavy trucks."

The high definition video cameras will give a boost to radars, he underlined.

"They can record all breaking speeds in a digital way as speeding has been reported as one of the most reasons behind deadly road accidents."

"The radars fixed on the roads of the emirate have remarkably cut traffic accidents this year by 85.7 per cent as compared to 2014. Meanwhile, serious road injuries have been reduced by 75.6 per cent with minor and moderate wounds by 70.5 per cent, and total accidents on dangerous roads by 25.7 per cent."

DEFENSIVE DRIVING! How to do it right: Have an escape route.

Check your mirrors every few seconds to see what's beside and behind you. Taking into account the position of the cars around you and the road ahead, decide where you could maneuver safely to avoid an accident. Having an avoidance route is essential. If you don't - say, if the road is narrow and there's no shoulder - you need to increase your following distance.

3 Don't depend on other drivers.

3 Be considerate of others, but look out for yourself.

3 Don't assume that another driver is going to move out of the way or allow you to merge.

3 Plan your movements anticipating the worst-case scenario.

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